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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA66624
Recording details: August 1992
Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: January 1993
Total duration: 8 minutes 55 seconds

'A model issue from a source which has become a byword for the best in enterprise' (Gramophone)

'Coombs is an artist of great sensitivity and effortless virtuosity, and he makes the best possible case for both' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'A couple of piano concertos that have been waiting in the wings for the committed advocacy they deserve and have finally received' (Fanfare, USA)

'Coombs's unimpeachable musicianship and authority carry all before it' (Piano, Germany)

Fantasia on Russian Folksongs, Op 48

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Fantasy on Russian folksongs, Opus 48, is a brief but attractive rhapsody using two folk tunes collected by the ethno-musicological pioneer Trophim Ryabinin. The first (Andante sostenuto) is in E minor; the second (Allegretto) in D minor. Slight though the piece may be, it makes for a pleasant listen on disc, for in what concert hall does one now hear this kind of piano-and-orchestra lollipop?

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1992

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